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PVT: GEORGE DUFFIELD CLARK of the 1st California Calvary, Company E. 
Civil War Veteran of Monterey County.

George Duffield Clark was born in Michigan on March 11, 1847. He was accompanied by his father Abraham Clark to California when George was eight years old. When he was 18, and during the Civil War, George Clark enlisted into the 1st California Calvary in Company “E” on March 23rd, 1865 out of San Jose, and was mustered out on March 6, 1866 at Drum Barracks, California. After the war, he gained the Blacksmith trade putting in several years in Oakland on an apprenticeship. Later he rented some land in the Pajaro Valley with his brothers. In 1866 he rented a shop in Monterey, he eventually purchased the shop. George D. Clark married Lavinia Merritt, daughter of Josiah Merritt (who was the first Judge of Monterey County). George and Lavinia Clark settled in Monterey, indefinitely, George Clark was a Trustee for the City of Monterey for four years. George Duffield Clark died on January 7, 1926 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thomas M. Temple, at 405 Thirteenth Street in Pacific Grove, California. His internment took place at the El Encinal Cemetery in Monterey, California. (aka Monterey City Cemetery present day).

The following are a transcription, biographical sketch, and obituary from the “Santa Cruz Sentinel” issue January 8, 1926.

(History of California, Biographical Record, Guinn, 1903 Page 531-2)

George D. Clark
One of the busiest and most enterprising men in Monterey is George D. Clark, owner and proprietor of a thriving blacksmith shop, and purveyor to a large share of the resident and transient population. He as born in Michigan, March 11, 1847, and was reared and educated in California. George D. Clark was eight years of age when he accompanied his father to California, and he remained at home until about eighteen. He was anxious to enlist in the Civil war at the age of sixteen, but those in authority refused to accept him, so he waited until 1865 and enlisted in the First California Cavalry, serving in Arizona until the close of the war and being principally engaged on escort duty, and in hunting robbers. After the war he remained at home until twenty one years old, when he removed with the rest of the family to Watsonville, and there attended a private school for two years, his opportunities in the past having been quite limited. For three years he served an apprenticeship to a blacksmith in Oakland, and after returning home, rented a farm in the Pajaro valley with his brothers. For several years he was a journeyman blacksmith all over the state, and in 1886 located in Monterey and rented a shop which he eventually purchased.

At Monterey, Mr. Clark married Lavinia Merritt, daughter of Josiah and Juanita (Castro) Merritt, the former of whom was the first judge of Monterey county. Of this union there is one daughter, Juanita, who is now thirteen years of age. Mr. Clark has been prominent in general town affairs since he settled in Monterey, and as a Republican has held the office of trustee for four years. He is fraternally associated with Pajaro Lodge No. 90, I.O.O.F.; Monterey Lodge No. 180, K O P, of which latter is a charger member. He is also identified with the Grand Army of the Republic.

Santa Cruz Sentinel January 8, 1926
G.A.R. Veteran Dies in Grove
Monterey, Jan 7- George D. Clark, civil war veteran and member of the Grand Army of the Republic, passed away early this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thomas M. Temple, 405 Thirteenth street, Pacific Grove. Before going to Pacific Grove to live, Clark resided for many years in Monterey where he conducted a blacksmithing business.

The deceased was 78 years old, a native of Michigan. His only surviving relative is said to be his daughter.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock in the Paul mortuary in the Grove. Interment will take place at the Knights of Pythias plot in the Monterey Protestant cemetery. The local Knights of Pythias, of which the deceased was a member, will take charge of the funeral ceremonies.

Compiled and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC  
Camp Abe Lincoln #10 based out of Santa Cruz, Ca

Dept. of Calif. and Pacific

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

P. O. Box 1641, Monterey, Ca. 93942-1641


Sep 2009



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